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Come to the water : the queer congregation as healing community

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Come to the water : the queer congregation as healing community


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Metropolitan Community Churches, and other queer-affirming congregations, are communities of faith for a population that is at once privileged and oppressed: privileged, because those who self-identify as queer are often from the middle and professional classes, and oppressed because of the social and religious anti-queer stigma that is still a very large part of the dominant culture. Because of this oppression, it is predictable that congregants will, to some extent, experience feelings of grief, shame and anger: grief because of the loss of relationships, privilege, and social standing that frequently accompany coming out, grief over losses due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, anger as a result of rejection, and shame as an unconscious response to the anti-queer stigma that surrounds us still. In some cases, it is fair to describe the coming-out process as traumatic. This presents a critical pastoral%2


Publisher Cambridge, MA: The author
Year 2008
Pages 266
Possible copyright status The author
Language English
Digitizing sponsor Federally funded with LSTA funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
Book contributor Episcopal Divinity School, Sherrill Library
Collection episcopaldivinityschool_sherrilllibrary; regionaldigitizationmass; americana

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